Author: Kurt Helin

NBA 2K15 promo

New NBA 2K15 trailer looks damn good (VIDEO)


That should work.

The fine people at 2K Sports release trailers of games like NBA 2K15 to get you to pre-order it, to get you excited for the release. Well, that should do it. The game looks realistic — Chris Andersen looks a little too realistic. There’s Derrick Rose driving the lane, John Wall looking frustrated, Doc Rivers preaching in the huddle and LeBron James dunking on guys. All very realistic.

Plus Red Hot Chili Peppers — got to love huge hoops/Lakers fan Flea getting a little money from the soundtrack. Got to pay for those Lakers’ seats somehow.

Klay Thompson excited to still be with Warriors, thinks they can win title next season

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson just made the Team USA roster for the World Cup, is the guy his bosses in Golden State refused to put in a deal for Kevin Love, and he’s up soon for his extension to his rookie contract.

No pressure this year, Klay.

Thompson heard his name in the Love trade rumors and from the start said he wanted to stay in Golden State and has told Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News he was happy to be staying put — because the Warriors can win it all.

“I’m happy. It makes me feel great,” Thompson said. “The Warriors believe in me. That makes me want to work that much harder. They believe in me and Steph, they believe in the team we have. I believe in us too. I think we have all the ingredients to win a championship.”

A championship? With this roster?

“Absolutely,” he said. “I think a lot of it hinges on our health. Our ability to improve our offense. Me and Curry have another year together. Another year with Andre Iguodala. Another year under the belt for Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. We know what we’re going to get from David Lee consistently. Andrew Bogut’s coming in healthy. If Festus comes back and play like he did his rookie year, that’s huge. We’d have another big body and we need that, especially in the West. It’s going to be a grind.”

I’m not on board that train, but Thompson is right that the Warriors would need a lot of things to go right to contend — Barnes needs to take a huge leap forward, Stephen Curry has to stay healthy, Andrew Bogut has to stay healthy, Festus Ezeli does have to step up, Shaun Livingston has to be a big addition, and Steve Kerr has to get more out of the Warriors offense while getting them to keep playing top five defense.

On top of all that Klay Thompson is going to have to have the kind of monster season that makes you think “good thing they didn’t trade him for Love.” He is improving and is a fantastic two-way player, but the Warriors need a big step forward out of him.

(All that wouldn’t be enough in my mind, they are in the second tier at best in the West, behind the Spurs, Thunder and Clippers.)

That said, I like that Thompson thinks the Warriors could win it all. You want guys to be invested and think they have a chance. Thompson does that at least.

And he should be happy to still be in San Francisco.

Report: Shabazz Muhammad trying to drop 15 pounds this summer

Shabazz Muhammad

For weeks Shabazz Muhammad has been doing a daily boot camp run by a guy who used to train Navy SEALS. Which sounds like it would get you in shape.

Muhammad needs it. Conditioning was one of the issues that limited his minutes on the Timberwolves last season, but with an influx of young talent — starting with Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine — Muhammad is going to get another long look from the Wolves. One he needs to take advantage of.

Speaking with the media in the wake of trading Kevin Love and bringing back Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and Anthony Bennett, Minnesota coach and decision maker Flip Saunders said this to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Muhammad was on a short leash by coach Rick Adelman at the start of last season (especially after an incident at the NBA’s rookie training program). First, they already had Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, and Chase Budinger to play the wings, and when the season started Minnesota was thinking playoffs. Muhammad got sent down to the D-League for a few games.

As the season wore on we learned a couple things — Muhammad can slash and get inside, and he’s a good post up player. We also learned that he has no jump shot anyone will fear (27.3 percent from three, 28.6 percent on catch-and-shoot chances) and he’s adjusting to not playing AAU-style ball (his court awareness on both ends of the floor, especially when he doesn’t have the ball, needs work). Also, his defense needs a lot of work.

Muhammad is out to show a lot of improvement this season, and that had to start with conditioning (he looked a little doughy). Part of his attraction is hustle and effort, there dropping a few pounds helps.

With this roster Muhammad will get his shot, and he could play some four in a small lineup Saunders said. However there are other guys looking to do the same and Muhammad will have to show improvement and beat them out or his minutes will dwindle.

Kevin Durant admits “Kazaam” was better than “Thunderstruck”


This is like trying to choose which is the worse television show, Jerry Springer or Maury Povich. There are no winners here.

Kevin Durant got ambushed by TMZ cameras when leaving a Beverly Hills restaurant over the weekend and shot down any attempt to discuss the Nike vs. Under Armour decision (and how that may have impacted his Team USA status).

Then when asked which was better, Shaquille O’Neal’s legendary disaster “Kazaam” or Durant’s own “Thunderstruck” (where KD’s skills get transfered to a kid in a bad “Big” rip off), Durant didn’t hesitate:

“Kazaam” was better.

He also said he had no plans to do another movie, “I play basketball.”

Yes. Well, not right now with Team USA, he pulled out of that commmittment, which brings us back to the Nike/Under Armour decision (no matter what KD says). But at least there are no more movies planned.

Except maybe by LeBron James.

Hakim Warrick to get workout with Spurs

Hakim Warrick, James Harden, Carlos Delfino

When last we saw NBA 32-year-old NBA journeyman Hakim Warrick it was 2013 and he had spent the first part of the season in New Orleans and Charlotte, barely getting on the court for some struggling teams, then he was traded to Orlando, who waived him two days later. Last season he played in China.

When last we saw the San Antonio Spurs, they had won the NBA title in 2014, then went about bringing back nearly the entire roster that has been to two straight Finals.

Now comes word Warrick is trying to get invited to Spurs camp and maybe grab that last available roster spot in San Antonio. That according to (remember Warrick played for the Orangemen).

The former Syracuse University star confirmed Friday that he had been invited to a workout with the reigning NBA champions. Warrick will have his workout with the Spurs on Sept. 1.

Not sure anything comes of this.

First, the Spurs have 14 guys under contract for next season and as an organization they tend to leave the 15th spot open for flexibility reasons during the season. Second, the Spurs already have a non-guaranteed deal with Bryce Cotton for next season. Then there is Aron Baynes, who was on the roster last year and could return to the Spurs on a minimum deal but is reportedly exploring his overseas options right now.

Warrick is a veteran who brings a certain level of professionalism to the table, which is very Spurs-like. But I’m not sure he still brings anything on the court they need enough to make them pull the trigger even if the workout goes fairly well.